By Our Reporter
The government has again divided the posts of Tribhuvan Universities among the factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) even though voices were being raised to free the universities from political influence.
Despite the recommendation of the parliamentary body to appoint independent academic personalities in the universities, the government has divided the posts among the groups of the ruling NCP, clearly suggesting that the government does not seem to have taken the recommendation seriously.
The government had received a report from Education and Health Committee of the parliament and another from the Higher Education Committee. Both the committees recommended the government for appointing officials through open competition, not on the basis of political affiliation of the persons.
The parliamentary committee asked the government to appoint education expert, experienced professors and politically unaffiliated academic personality as chancellor, vice-chancellor, rector, registrar and other officials. The committee also recommended operating universities as free and autonomous organisations.
Likewise, the committee also recommended forming an independent Teachers’ Service Commission of universities.
Similarly, the government-formed Higher Education Commission had also suggested forming a board of trustees to operate the universities. A board of trustees is an appointed or elected group of individuals, and it has an overall responsibility for the management of an organisation. But the government has outright denied the recommendation and gave continuity to political appointment in universities.
It was evident from the appointments of Prof. Dr. Lalu Prasad Paudel to the post of the chairman of Tribhuvan University Service Commission and of Prof. Dr. Hemraj Dhakal as its member. Paudel represents the former CPN-UML and Dhakal former Maoist-Centre.
The posts had remained vacant after the former chair and members were suspended for their involvement in irregularities during examinations taken to a member of TU service commission.
There are still high chances of making appointments of academicians loyal to the ruling and powerful political parties who are in the race to be officials by the government even in this time.
The government has formed a committee to recommend the names of Vice Chancellors, but the committee members are also close to the ruling Nepal Communist Party.